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Sunday Puzzle-25

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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert


The Lighthouse

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Shown are two identical boats, a lighthouse, and a horizon. Can you
rearrange the two boats to show that they carry an identical cargo? 

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Anatoly Karpov won Cap d'Agde

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XII-th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov rarely has a chance to play chess these days. He has a very busy schedule and many non-chess commitments, including his job in the Russian State Duma. Nevertheless, when he does compete, the opponents can't expect an easy time. For example, in June 2012 Anatoly defeated four times US Chess Champion Yasser Seirawan in a match.

Cap d'Agde is a famous rapid tournament with a long history. This year the field consisted mainly of French players, but there were a few notable exceptions.

1. Vassily Ivanchuk (2771), Ukraine
2. Edouard Romaine (2664), France
3. Christian Bauer (2664), France
4. Anatoly Karpov (2616), Russia
5. Marie Sebag (2521), France
5. Ju Wenjun (2498), China
6. Sophie Milliet (2421), France
8. Alekshandra Goryachkina (2384), Russia

In a double-round robin rapid tournament the rating favorite confirmed his status. Also remarkable is Ju Wenjun's performance:

1. Ivanchuk - 11
2. Karpov - 10.5
3. Ju Wenjun - 8.5
4. Edouard - 7
5. Sebag - 6
6. Bauer - 5.5
7. Milliet - 2
8. Goryachkina - 1.5

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Semi-final: Ivanchuk - Ju Wenjun 2-0; Karpov - Edouard 1.5-0.5

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Final: Ivanchuk - Karpov 1-1 in rapid; 2.5-3.5 in blitz (Ivanchuk lost the 6th blitz game on time)

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Magnus Carlsen won Chess Oscar-2011

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Magnus Carlsen won Chess Oscar, a traditional and prestigious prize awarded by Chess Review-64 magazine on the basis of international voting every year, for the third time in a row.

Here is the top-10:

1. Magnus Carlsen, Norway
2. Boris Gelfand, Israel
3. Levon Aronian, Armenia
4. Peter Svidler, Russia
5. Vladimir Kramnik, Russia
6. Alexander Grischuk, Russia
7. Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine
8. Viswanathan Anand, India
9. Alexander Morozevich, Russia
10. Hikaru Nakamura, USA

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Blitz Chess Tactics

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This tactical puzzle is from a blitz game. Don't expect a very easy answer though!

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Pairings of Women's World Chess Championship (Unofficial)

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Based on the November 1st rating list and the Regulations of the Women's World Chess Championship (November 9 - December 3, Khanty-Mansyuisk, Russia), the pairings are supposed to look like this:

1. Hou Yifan 2606 Ranasinghe, S D 1821
2. Humpy Koneru 2610 Denise Frick 1871
3. Anna Muzychuk 2586 Amina Mezioud 2055
4. Zhao Xue 2565 Natalia Khoudgarian 2138
5. Kateryna Lahno 2553 Mona Khaled 2155
6. Nadezhda Kosintseva 2539 Melissa Castrillon Gomez 2159
7. Viktorija Cmilyte 2524 Ingrid Aliaga Fernandez 2175
8. Marie Sebag 2521 Irina Berezina 2190
9. Valentina Gunina 2517 Gu Xiaobing 2209
10. Pia Cramling 2516 Shayester Ghader Pour 2219
11. Tatiana Kosintseva 2515 Madina Davletbayeva 2220
12. Harika Dronavalli 2512 Soumya Swaminathan 2251
13. Bella Khotenashvili 2504 Maritza Arribas Robaina 2273
14. Alexandra Kosteniuk 2501 Tatev Abrahamyan 2304
15. Ju Wenjun 2501 Atousa Pourkashian 2321
16. Antoaneta Stefanova 2491 Marina Romanko 2355
17. Zhu Chen 2491 Nastassia Ziazulkina 2367
18. Anna Zatonskih 2489 Carolina Lujan 2369
19. Natalia Pogonina 2478 Svetlana Matveeva 2377
20. Mariya Muzychuk 2476 Cristina-Adela Foisor 2383
21. Elina Danielian 2476 Sofiko Khukhashvili 2383
22. Hoang Thanh Trang 2470 Evgenija Ovod 2384
23. Irina Krush 2470 Li Ruofan 2394
24. Alisa Galliamova 2468 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2409
25. Olga Girya 2467 Iweta Rajlich 2410
26. Huang Qian 2465 Shen Yang 2413
27. Lilit Mkrtchian 2457 Ketevan Arakhamia 2414
28. Lela Javakhishvili 2455 Anastasia Bodnaruk 2415
29. Elena Dembo 2454 Nino Khurtsidze 2428
30. Anna Ushenina 2452 Cori T Deysi 2429
31.
Natalia Zhukova 2451 Guo Qi 2432
32. Monika Socko 2445 Elmira Skripchenko 2441

In 1/32-final two classical time control games are played to determine the winner. In case of a tie, rapid, then blitz, then Armageddon.

Update: here is an official confirmation

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FIDE November 2012 Rating list

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This time the FIDE rating list features 50 players above 2700. Notably, Magnus Carlsen is just 4 points shy of breaking Garry Kasparov's record!

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Ex-FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov shared 1st at London Grand Prix and scored 4.5/6 at European Club Cup to gain 18 rating points overall

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2848 +5 2843 10
  2 2 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2815 -6 2821 10
  3 3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2795   2795 0
  4 4 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2793 +1 2792 6
5 8 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2786 +14 2772 15
6 7 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2775 -5 2780 10
7 6 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2775 -5 2780 10
8 13 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2769 +18 2751 17
9 12 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2764 +12 2752 17
10 14 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2764 +16 2748 16
11 9 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2763 -8 2771 18
12 11 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 2762 +7 2755 7
13 5 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2755 -31 2786 18
14 18 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2751 +15 2736 16
15 10 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 2748 -10 2758 6
  16 16 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2747   2747 6
17 23 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2741 +9 2732 15
18 19 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2741 +6 2735 15
19 15 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2737 -11 2748 14
20 17 Gashimov, Vugar AZE GM 2737   2737 0
21 22 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2734 +1 2733 15
22 21 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2732 -2 2734 17
23 20 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2726 -8 2734 17
24 28 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2725 +5 2720 6
25 30 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2723 +5 2718 6
26 25 Volokitin, Andrei UKR GM 2722 -2 2724 14
27 29 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2716 -2 2718 6
28 24 Giri, Anish NED GM 2715 -15 2730 18
29 33 McShane, Luke J ENG GM 2713   2713 0
30 41 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2711 +6 2705 10
31 36 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR GM 2711 +1 2710 6
32 27 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2710 -10 2720 17
33 26 Navara, David CZE GM 2710 -12 2722 16
34 35 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL GM 2710   2710 0
35 37 Jobava, Baadur GEO GM 2710   2710 0
36 32 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2709 -4 2713 10
37 44 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER GM 2708 +4 2704 16
38 45 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2707 +3 2704 7
39 38 Almasi, Zoltan HUN GM 2707   2707 0
40 31 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB GM 2706 -11 2717 20
41 46 Le, Quang Liem VIE GM 2705 +2 2703 10
42 34 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS GM 2705 -7 2712 6
43 40 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2705   2705 0
44 49 Fressinet, Laurent FRA GM 2703 +1 2702 5
45 47 Akopian, Vladimir ARM GM 2703   2703 0
46 43 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2702 -3 2705 16
47 48 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2702   2702 14
48 51 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR GM 2702 +2 2700 7
49 42 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 2702 -3 2705 6
50 57 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS GM 2700 +9 2691 6

Biggest gains: Topalov +18, Mamedyarov +16, Gelfand +15, Caruana +14, Grischuk +12
Major setbacks: Nakamura -31, Giri - 15, Navara -12, Wang Hao -11, Bruzon -11, Morozevich -10, Adams -10

Updated list of all-time records

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Guo Qi (born in 1995) earned a whopping 41 rating points last month!

Women's top-50 didn't change much:

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2705   2705 0
  2 2 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2610 +3 2607 7
  3 3 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2606 +1 2605 6
  4 4 Muzychuk, Anna SLO GM 2586 -1 2587 6
  5 5 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2565   2565 4
  6 6 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2555   2555 0
  7 7 Lahno, Kateryna UKR GM 2553 +2 2551 15
  8 8 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2539   2539 0
  9 9 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2524 -4 2528 6
  10 10 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2521   2521 0
11 12 Gunina, Valentina RUS IM 2517 +3 2514 10
12 13 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2516 +2 2514 6
13 11 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2515   2515 0
  14 14 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2512   2512 7
  15 15 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO IM 2504   2504 0
16 21 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2501 +11 2490 6
17 18 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 2501 +3 2498 4
18 16 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2501   2501 0
  19 19 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2491 -2 2493 5
  20 20 Zhu, Chen QAT GM 2491   2491 0
21 17 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2489 -10 2499 11
  22 22 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2482   2482 0
23 24 Pogonina, Natalija RUS WGM 2478 +2 2476 5
24 25 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2476 +2 2474 15
25 23 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2476   2476 7
26 27 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2470   2470 9
27 26 Krush, Irina USA IM 2470   2470 4
  28 28 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2468   2468 0
29 36 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2467 +13 2454 12
30 29 Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2465 -1 2466 4
31 30 Xu, Yuhua CHN GM 2465   2465 0
32 31 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2464   2464 4
  33 33 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR IM 2461 +3 2458 7
  34 34 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM IM 2457 +1 2456 7
35 40 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2455 +11 2444 11
36 35 Dembo, Yelena GRE IM 2454   2454 0
37 32 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL IM 2453 -6 2459 4
38 42 Ushenina, Anna UKR IM 2452 +13 2439 9
39 38 Zhukova, Natalia UKR GM 2451 +2 2449 9
40 37 Hunt, Harriet V ENG IM 2450   2450 0
41 43 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU IM 2447 +10 2437 6
42 39 Socko, Monika POL GM 2445   2445 0
43 41 Moser, Eva AUT IM 2443   2443 0
  44 44 Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2441 +4 2437 3
45 73 Guo, Qi CHN WGM 2432 +41 2391 13
46 52 Cori T., Deysi PER WGM 2429 +18 2411 21
47 46 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO IM 2428 -2 2430 9
  48 48 Zaiatz, Elena RUS IM 2427   2427 0
49 45 Ding, Yixin CHN WGM 2426 -5 2431 4
50 75 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen VIE WGM 2425 +38 2387 13

Biggest gains: Guo +41, Pham +38, Cori +18, Girya +13, Ushenina +13, Kosteniuk +11, Javakhishvili +11, Peptan +10
Severe losses: Zatonskih -10

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Larger than chess
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A duel between two Russian chess princes

Russian Chess Federation: Dmitry Andreikin and Ian Nepomniatchi will play an unofficial match

Quote of the week

On not wanting to play the World Chess Champion


New cheating scandals and anti-cheating proposals

Happy married life, Shakhriyar!

EIWCC venue finalized; prize fund reduced dramatically

Hikaru Nakamura won Unive tournament ahead of Giri, Tiviakov and Hou Yifan

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on Bobby Fischer

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: I have returned from Sofia. The premier of the movie "Bobby Fischer against the world" reminded me about our meeting with Bobby in '95. In Budapest we have played a few games in the new chess variant created by him - Fischer Random. As usually, Bobby was unstoppable: 4-0. In my opinion, Fischer was not just a great chess player. He was a genius who belongs to all the humanity. A symbol of existentialism of the XXth century.

We failed this test. How about you?

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Alexandra Kosteniuk: How many players on the cover of the fresh New in Chess magazine can you name?

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Chess Tactics

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Radjabov (2792) - Johanessen (2520), 2012
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What is the best continuation for White in this position?

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week's top-10:

De Ruieter (2182) Timman (2578), 1-0, 396 points

Villegas (1852) Tapie (2240), 1-0, 388 points

Wittmann (2245) Kozul (2621), 1-0, 376 points

Nijboer (2525) Kollen (2174), 0-1, 351 points

Teixiera (2276) Brizzi (1930), 0-1, 346 points

Erdelyi (2146) Fodor (2487), 1-0, 341 points

Mendez (1744) Judewicz (2084), 1-0, 340 points

Elias (1885) Ezcurra (1560), 0-1, 325 points

Mendez (1744) Romero (2058), 1-0, 314 points

Finegold (2081) Fierro (2387), 1-0, 306 points


Average: 349 points. White won 7 games; Black won 3 games

Special mentions for defeating heavyweights; difference over 200 points:

Dancevski (2389) Naiditsch (2704), 1-0, 315 points

Baron (2454) Riazantsev (2712), 1-0, 258 points

Gelfand (2736) Williams (2496), 0-1, 240 points

Mekhitarian (2503) Bruzon (2717), 1-0, 214 points

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